hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä- \

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

Other Words from horrific

horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world
Recent Examples on the Web Ann & I are heartbroken to hear about the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School. Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel, 24 May 2022 In the first few days after the shooting, many residents here saw the horrific act of racial violence as one of many injustices threaded through their lives, and sometimes across generations. Silvia Foster-frau, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Families are still recovering from the horrific shooting. CBS News, 18 May 2022 The justification is always some horrific shooting or a protest that goes wrong. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 17 May 2022 There will be many in Buffalo and far outside the upstate New York city urging for some sort of change in response to the horrific shooting. Rick Klein, ABC News, 16 May 2022 But while the Christchurch video was clearly displaying a horrific act of violence, videos like those thought to be from James pose a more complicated question for companies, Llansó said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 None of us in this room allowed that horrific act to keep us down. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2022 Cathy Lester: Investigators are working to identify those responsible for this horrific act. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrific

borrowed from French & Latin; French horrifique, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin horrificus "inspiring awe or dread, frightening," from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle, shudder, shiver" + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic — more at horror entry 1

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26 May 2022

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“Horrific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrific. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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